Dannie Heineman

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Dannie N. Heineman (November 23, 1872 – 31 January 1962) was a Belgian-American engineer and businessman.[1] He was the managing director and controlling shareholder of the Belgian industrial multinational Sofina. He was a prolific sponsor of science especially through Heineman Foundation in medical sciences and awards in mathematical physics and astrophysics.

In 1939 while living in Belgium, Dannie Heinman managed to get the Luxembourg government to open it's closed borders and admit approximately 100 Jewish families from Germany. The selling point was that the hotels in Luxemburg were empty and he would pay for the rooms and give the Jews and allowance and they would not be working and taking jobs away from the Luxembourg workers. This arrangement worked until May 10, 1940 when Hitler invaded. At that point his assistant, Mr. Schmidt made a final six months payment to the families. Among the families was the physicist Dr. Ernest Ising who survived the war.


  1. ^ "Obituary: Dannie N. Heineman". Physics Today 15 (3): 84. March 1962. doi:10.1063/1.3058089. 

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